Career Development Opportunities

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Public Sector Opportunities

POSITION: Vector-Borne Disease Biologist, California Department of Public Health

DESCRIPTION: Heluna Health (HH) and the Vector-Borne Disease Section (VBDS) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are recruiting for the position of a Biologist for the National Park Service, Vector-Borne Disease Project. The Biologist position is a contract position responsible for working with Vector-Borne Disease Section (VBDS) Public Health Biologists to conduct prevention, surveillance, and control of vector-borne diseases in Yosemite and Lassen Volcanic National Parks and other regions in California. Salary range is $32-$34/hour depending on experience and qualifications.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or a related field is required; graduate level degree preferred. Knowledge of vector-borne disease prevention, surveillance, and control preferred. Experience trapping and handling small mammals preferredance.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply online through Heluna Health Requisition Number: BIOLO02635.

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POSITION: Vector Ecologist, Grant County Mosquito Control District 1

DESCRIPTION: A mid-level position that performs mosquito and vector-borne disease surveillance along with the supervision of truck ULV adulticide applications. Salary $48,000 per year. Location Moses Lake, Washington, United States.

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum education Bachelors of Science Degree in Entomology, Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, or closely related field.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: If you would like an application for employment or more information, please contact District Manager, Ann Belchik-Moser at amoser@gcmcd1.org or call (509) 765-7731.

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POSITION: Biologist - Field Supervisor, Mosquito Extermination, Morris County, NJ

DESCRIPTION: The Morris County Department of Public Works, Mosquito Control Division, is seeking a Biologist to become part the mosquito control staff. We are looking for a candidate to supervise inspection staff, perform field work requiring the application of biological and closely related principles and techniques; does other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum qualifications - graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the biological sciences.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Complete an application form available on the Morris County Job advertisement page.

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Academic Opportunities

POSITION: Assistant Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Arthropods, University of Nevada Reno

DESCRIPTION: The College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks to fill a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The Department is currently expanding its research base and is seeking a researcher whose expertise complements existing strengths in arthropod vectors and associated pathogens. We are especially interested in outstanding Biochemists, Molecular Biologists, or Biotechnologists.

QUALIFICATIONS: A PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, or a related field.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applications accepted until positon filled.

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POSITION: Associate/Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics

DESCRIPTION: The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics invites applicants to apply for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure eligible track). The successful candidate is expected to teach courses in human Parasitology and Medical Zoology in both the School of Medicine and the Graduate School, serve as an academic advisor to both master’s and doctoral level students, and serve on thesis and dissertation committees for students in the School of Medicine and the Graduate School.

QUALIFICATIONS: The incumbent must bring to this position a minimum of a doctoral degree (M.D. DO, PhD) from an accredited institution.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Application information available through HigherEdJobs.

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POSITION: Research Associate I, Pathology Research, University of Texas Medical Branch

DESCRIPTION: The research associate will assist in the laboratory study of vector borne diseases, with an emphasis on Rickettsia and Ehrlichia bacterial species and tick-borne viruses. Studies will be focused on the epidemiology of tick- and flea-borne bacterial and viral pathogens in conjunction with academic and public health collaborators. Tasks will include basic microbiologic techniques, growth and propagation of various rickettsial species, basic molecular and immunodiagnostic techniques, and the field collection of arthropod vectors.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in basic science or equivalent. Experience in cellular immunology, molecular biology, microbiology, cell culture and sterile technique preferred.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Submit application through UTMB Health online portal for position TAM_73344.

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POSITION: Veterinary Virology / Immunology Faculty, University of Tennessee

DESCRIPTION: The College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking a veterinary virologist/immunologist who will be responsible for teaching in the professional DVM and graduate programs as well as contributing to diagnostic laboratory services. The ideal candidate will have the background and ability to teach both virology and immunology. The successful candidate will conduct independent research in either discipline and would also be encouraged to participate in multidisciplinary collaborative research efforts, which could include clinical applications, mechanistic studies, and/or involvement in the burgeoning One Health research initiative here at the University of Tennessee.

QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified applicants must have: (1) a DVM (or equivalent degree) or relevant PhD; (2) post-doctoral experience in diagnostic veterinary immunology and/or virology; (3) a record of publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals documenting case-based and/or hypothesis driven research; (4) excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work well with others in a collegial, team atmosphere.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applicants are asked to submit their letter of intent, names and contact information for at least three professional references, current curriculum vitae and a concise (up to 3-page) statement of diagnostic, research and teaching aspirations to the search committee Chair, Dr Michael Fry, care of:

Ms Donna Longmire Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine The University of Tennessee 2407 River Drive, Rm A201 Knoxville, TN 37996-4546 Email: longmire@utk.edu

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POSITION: Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation, Center for Environmental Health & Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University

DESCRIPTION: SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU), in collaboration with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), seeks two internationally recognized experts in vector-borne diseases and infectious disease ecology, broadly defined, to apply for an Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation position (Commensurate of the experience of the Empire Innovation Program (EIP) faculty per decision of campus leadership) as part of the New York State Empire Innovation Scholar Program. The program and position aims to expand the ranks of world-class faculty within the SUNY system. EIP positions are highly prized and very competitive; as such, EIP faculty enjoy special distinction within the SUNY system and are largely free of teaching responsibilities in order to accelerate their research.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate should have an established research program focused on the complex relationship between the environment and human health, currently funded through competitive extramural sources that are R01 or R01-equivalent.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of research interests to eisearch@upstate.edu. References will be requested if you are selected as a finalist. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Postdoctoral / Fellowships

POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Urban Pest Management, Rutgers University

DESCRIPTION: The Urban Entomology lab at Department of Entomology, Rutgers University has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position starting in January 2021. Primary responsibility is to conduct applied research in urban pest management. Current projects include house mouse and cockroach management research in apartment buildings. The secondary responsibility is to collaborate with the pest control industry to design, execute, and summarize bioassays for industry partners. The candidate is expected to assist in grant preparation, supervise undergraduate and graduate students, present research findings in professional meetings, and publish results in peer-reviewed journals.

QUALIFICATIONS: Requires a PhD in area of Entomology or closely related field. Requires a strong background and knowledge of insect behavior, pest management, insecticide toxicology, experimental design and statistical analysis, excellent organizational, interpersonal skills.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Email a letter of interest, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, CV, and contact information of four references to Dr. Changlu Wang. Department of Entomology, 96 Lipman Hall, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Email: changluw@rutgers.edu. Website: https://entomology.rutgers.edu/personel/changlu-wang

Summer and Temporary Positions

POSITION: WGC-VBD Paid Summer Internships

DESCRIPTION: The Western Gulf Coast Center of Excellence for VBDs is offering five paid student internships described below for summer 2021.

  1. Tick and tick-borne Disease surveillance intern at University of Arkansas- Monticello/ Arkansas Department of Health (Monticello, Arkansas)
  2. Tick and tick-borne Disease surveillance intern at Oklahoma University/ Oklahoma City County Health Department (Norman, Oklahoma)
  3. Field- and lab- based intern focused on vesicular stomatitis at New Mexico State University/ NM Department of Health (Las Cruces, New Mexico)
  4. Vector-borne disease surveillance intern at Texas Department of State Health Services, Public Health region 4/5N (Tyler, Texas)
  5. State Arborvirus-Entomology Laboratory intern at Texas Department of State Health Services (Austin, Texas)

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applications are due by March 26th. More information is available on the WGC-VBD internships website.


POSITION: Field Technician Positions, University of Iowa

DESCRIPTION: The Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health at The University of Iowa is accepting applications for temporary hourly positions to conduct fieldwork in tick borne diseases to work with the Petersen lab group. Duties will include distributing oral vaccine baits, live-trapping and collecting samples from small mammals, assisting veterinary staff with sample collection from dogs, and dragging field sites to collect ticks. There is potential to learn tick identification as well. The field season begins in mid-May 2021 and runs through August with flexibility to meet academic calendars. Salary is based on education and previous experience. Housing and a vehicle for field use will be provided. Job requirements are a strong work ethic and positive attitude. Experience with mouse-handling, tick dragging, and fieldwork would be helpful but not required.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: If interested, please send an email with your CV, cover letter, and names of three references to Julia Poje and Dr. Christine Petersen.


POSITION: Graduate Research Assistantship, North Carolina State University

DESCRIPTION: The Reiskind Vector Ecology Laboratory at North Carolina State University has a research assistantship available for a doctoral or master’s student. Responsibilities would include assessing bed net material efficacy, maintaining mosquito colonies, and developing and completing an original research thesis or dissertation project on the ecology of arthropod vectors. The position is available starting in June of 2021, with enrollment as a graduate student in August of 2021. The position comes with a competitive stipend, health insurance, and tuition and fees paid.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Reiskind or our Director of Graduate Programs, Dr. Clyde Sorenson about applying.

Professional Development & Training Opportunities

eCornell Online Program in Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance

The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 3-week online training program to help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs. $399 total cost. Enrollment discounts may be available.

Next course begins April 7, 2021.

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Biology of Vector-Borne Disease Course, University of Idaho

The third annual Biology of Vector-borne Disease course is scheduled for Sunday through Friday, June 20-25, 2021. This six-day course, offered through the University of Idaho, is both lecture- and discussion-based and is delivered by internationally recognized experts, with integrated case studies of emerging vector-borne pathogens. The course registration fee (USD $1,500) includes housing, meals, course materials and social activities. Registration will be due following acceptance into the course.

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American Mosquito Control Association e-Modules

The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus

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Certification in Public Health Entomology

The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.

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CDC Learning Tools for Health Care Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide web-based continuing medical educational (CME) resources for health care providers on Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as other tickborne diseases.

Lyme Disease CME Tickborne Disease Videos Rocky Mountain spotted fever Toolkit


Entomological Society of America Certification Programs

The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:

  • Board Certified Entomologist - program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field
  • Associate Certified Entomologist - program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists

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Global Vector Hub: Directory of Medical Entomology Courses

TDR has supported the development of a Global Atlas of Medical Entomology Schooling (GAMES), which lists a total of 126 medical entomology courses offered both on-campus and through distance learning in 32 countries across all WHO regions, covering seven languages. For each course, session dates, course outline, fees, language of instruction and responsible managers are listed.

Follow the link below to gain access to the directory. Please register on Global Vector Hub.

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Mosquito Training Course for Pest Managers

The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to announce a new online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.

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NEHA Vectors & Pests Webinars

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) produces open-access webinars to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the United States. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.

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Pesticide Management Education Program Distance Learning Center

The Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) partners with the New York State Integrated Pest Management program (NYSIPM) to provide online pesticide applicator courses. These courses often carry continuing education credits accepted by New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and West Virginia. Available courses include toxicity of pesticides, insect biocontrol, integrated tick management, introduction to developing IPM strategies, and more.

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Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP)

A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.

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Additional Career Websites

American Mosquito Control Association

AMCA Careers


American Public Health Association

APHA Jobs


American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

ASTMH Career Center


Entomological Society of America

ESA Job Site


Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California

MVCAC Jobs & RFPs


National Association of County and City Health Officials

NACCHO Career Network


New Jersey Mosquito Control Association

NJMCA Job Announcements


Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases

MCE-VBD Jobs PacVec Jobs SEVBD Jobs WGCVBD Jobs


Society for Vector Ecology

SOVE Opportunities


Texas A&M University Entomology Job Board

TAMU Ento Jobs

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